IMéRA: Call for applications┋“Science Meets Humanities” Programme

IMéRA (AMU) is an institute for advanced study and a member of RFIEA (French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study), NETIAS (Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study) and UBIAS (University-Based Institutes for  Advanced Studies).

Each year we receive some twenty researchers and artists (residents), all international. These resident researchers and artists are selected after an evaluation procedure with the most stringent international standards, shortlisting of applications and external evaluators.

IMéRA promotes innovative experimental interdisciplinary approaches in all areas of knowledge.

Since September 2016, the research activity within the institute has hinged around three structural programs following three cross-fertilization lines (Science Meets Humanities; Art, Science and Society; and Mediterranean programmes). In addition to these structural programs, a multi-annual thematic program conducive to interdisciplinary research entitled Global Phenomena and Regulation is deployed over the period 2017-2020.

“Science Meets Humanities” Programme

The Science Meets Humanities Programme is open to prominent researchers either in hard and experimental science or in humanities and social science  interested  in reflecting on the conditions for fruitful cross-disciplinary research and practical implementation of these conditions.

Open to all projects within this framework, it particularly targets the following themes:

  • Study in specific interdisciplinary fields in hard science and social science. Reflection can focus on method combination, innovation modes, social interaction conditions, etc.
  • Analysis of the conditions for proper social acceptance of scientific findings and innovations, particularly in areas where the assessment of uncertainties is part of these findings.
  • Relationship between digital research and digital humanities. Humanities are developing digital uses likely to inspire the orientations of numerical research, and vice versa. Epistemological reflection on these perspectives and their interactions comes from the reciprocal work and questioning of researchers in both fields.
  • Interdisciplinarity in cognitive science. Interaction between cognitive and linguistic psychology—including research on computer science—and neuroscience is already fertile. It also extends to social psychology, research on communication, and the relationship between neuroscience and economics. This line of research focuses on such interactions.

Two chairs reserved for experienced researchers (IPC—Institut Paoli-Calmettes—and ILCB—Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain) and a residency in partnership with INSERM—National Institute for Health and Medical Research—are linked to this programme.

CONTACT : Pierre Livet, Director of "Science Meets Humanities" Programme - pierre.livet@univ-amu.fr

Applicants to this call may submit applications either to:

  • the general programme described above , or
  • one of the specific residencies in partnership listed below.

The choice must be specified in the application form ("Application options").

Schedule

Deadline : 20 September 2018 at 1:00 pm (french time)

Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months

Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):

  • 9 Sept 2019 to 7 Feb 2020 (5 months)
  • 17 Feb 2020 to 10 July 2020 (5 months)
  • 9 Sept 2019 to 10 July 2020 (10 months)

Who can qualify ?

  • For the 4 programmes: Applications are open to researchers of all disciplines, both junior and senior.
  • For “Art, Science and Society” and “Mediterranean” programmes: Applications are also open to artists.

IMéRA also participates in the programs for “Researchers in exile” supported by the French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study (RFIEA) and the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research (MESR).

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Carry out a project related to one of the 4 programmes (see above)
  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • For researchers, hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • With the exception of applicants to the programmes for "Researchers in exile", have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency

Remuneration

Scientist remuneration

  • Junior: €2,000 net monthly allowance
  • Senior: €3,000 net monthly allowance

Junior Class: Researchers who have 2 to 9 years of full-time research experience after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications.

Senior Class: Researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

Artist remuneration

Artists will receive a €2,000 net monthly allowance or salary (depending on their candidate status).

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Relevance of the research project in terms of its connection with the Aix-Marseille area (potential local resources – field, archives, etc.).

Residencies in partnership

The IMéRA Science and Humanities Program benefits from the collaboration and support of the following 3 partners:

ILCB

The Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain (ILCB) includes 10 research units (LPL, LPC, INS, INT, LNC, ISM, LIF, LSIS, LIA, I2M) and 6 experimental platforms (IRMf, MEG, EEG, TMS, Primatology, Virtual Reality) bringing together more than 150 statutory researchers on the Aix-Marseille-Avignon site. Its scientific project focuses on the cerebral basis of language and communication. The ILCB bears on knowledge acquired in the various relevant disciplines: linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, mathematics and medicine. In particular, the ILCB aims to study language production and perception not only in a controlled context, but also to open up new pathways for the study of its use in more natural contexts. The ILCB also has a support system for experiments with a service dedicated to data analysis and processing run by 4 scientific computing engineers.

The project proposed as part of this call should be interdisciplinary, centre on the cerebral bases of language or communication, and preferably involve collaboration between several ILCB units.

The ILCB/IMéRA Chair is for experienced researchers presenting a project on the "language, communication and brain" theme.

The chair holder has to carry out these research themes and assure sufficient visibility for the Chair activities, mainly through public conferences.

Schedule

  • Deadline : 20 September 2018 at 1:00 pm (french time)
  • Duration of residences: 10 months (preferably)
  • Residence periods: 9 Sept 2019 to 10 July 2020 (10 months)

Who can qualify ?

Applications are open to experienced researchers of all disciplines.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency
  • Carry out a research project in connection with the theme “Language, Communication and Brain”.

Remuneration

The holder of the Chair receives a monthly allowance of 3000 euros.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Interaction perspective with BLRI research centres: LPL (UMR 7309), LPC (UMR 7290), LIF (UMR 7279), LNC (UMR 7291), INT (UMR 7289), LIA (EA 4128), INS (INSERM 1106), LSIS (UMR 6168), I2M (UMR 7373), ISM (UMR 7287)
  • Scientific excellence and originality of the proposed series of public conferences (a key selection criterion).

IPC

The Paoli-Calmettes Institute (IPC), a member of the UNICANCER federation of French cancer centres, includes 1,554 people, of which 210 practitioners involved in comprehensive management of all cancer pathologies: research, medical care and support, education and training. Two research centres are associated with the IPC: the Marseille Oncology Research Centre (CRCM) and the Cancer, Biomedicine and Society team (CanBioS). IPC’s research mission is to facilitate the implementation of a cancer research continuum, from basic research to translational, clinical and socio-economic research, in order to bring the latest innovations in cancer to patients and improve their care. The IPC research teams are multidisciplinary, including both clinicians and cancer researchers, from fundamental aspects to clinical applications to socio-economic aspects.

The IPC/IMéRA Chair is open to researchers in all disciplines presenting a project related to cancer research.

The IPC/IMERA Chair holder should develop his/her research so as to intensify cooperation between IPC and IMéRA and ensure sufficient visibility for the Chair's work through a series of public lectures.

Schedule

  • Deadline : 20 September 2018 at 1:00 pm (french time)
  • Duration of residences: 10 months (preferably)
  • Residence periods: 9 Sept 2019 to 10 July 2020 (10 months)

Who can qualify ?

Applications are open to experienced researchers of all disciplines.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency
  • Carry out a research project focusing on oncology.   

Remuneration

The holder of the Chair receives a monthly allowance of 3000 euros.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Interaction perspective with IPC-Marseille partner research centres. It is essential to have got in touch with a researcher of the team aimed before submitting an application;
  • Scientific excellence and originality of the proposed series of public conferences (a key selection criterion).

Inserm

National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm), through its institutional missions of theoretical and applied research on life science and health, aims to advance scientific knowledge and promote the transfer of such knowledge towards clinical applications.

Schedule

  • Deadline: 20 September 2018 at 1:00 pm (French time)
  • Duration of residences: 3 or 5 months
  • ​Start dates of residencies : 9 September 2019 or 17 February 2020

Who can qualify ?

Inserm/IMéRA residency is open to junior and senior researchers from all countries specialized in Biomedicine, Biophysics, Bioinformatics or Health Economics.

To be eligible, scientist applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency
  • Be specialized in Biomedecine, Biophysics, Bioinformatics or Health Economics

Remuneration

  • Junior: €2,000 net monthly allowance
  • Senior: €3,000 net monthly allowance

Junior Class: Researchers who have 2 to 9 years of full-time research experience after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications.

Senior Class: Researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Interaction perspective with Inserm laboratories Aix-Marseille Region.

Application

Online applications must include:

  • Duly completed application form (mandatory fields);
  • Files to be downloaded :
    • Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications and/or creations/exhibitions for artists;
    • Presentation of the project (maximum 5 pages) with selective bibliography;
    • For junior researchers: one to three letters of recommendation;
Application date
20 Sep 2018
Duration
5 or 10 months
Country
Europe France South-East
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
€ 2.000-3.000/month
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